Chapter 247: Order of the Fallen
(Unova Syndicate- Planet Xerciam Prime)
(Hidden Base- Order of the Fallen)
A gigantic mechanical city was built in the middle of an empty desert on planet Xerciam Prime.
This area of the planet was lacking in natural resources so naturally no other settlements were built nearby.
What was strange was that the city appeared to be both real and imaginary as its existence to an outside observer would fade in and out of reality every few seconds.
Of course, this was nothing more than an illusion created with the help of spatial disruption technology.
The purpose of this device was to prevent the city from being revealed on any of the scanners present onboard the starships owned by the various financial groups.
The residents inside this mechanical city were all from the same alien race. Pink scaly skin, no visible orifices, and a bipedal body as well as a whip-like tail.
These aliens all wore purple uniforms with the only distinguishing feature between them being the number of stars displayed on the front.
Well informed citizens would recognise this uniform as it was the recognisable uniform of the terrorist group known as the Order of the Fallen.
The Order of the Fallen was one of the numerous criminal organizations carving out pieces of entire galaxies that belonged to the government.
Still the crimes they committed were so egregious that the government had declared all members as enemies to the Unova Syndicate.
Each resident was organised into squads of twenty and were tasked with maintaining the stability of the city.
There was an overall unpleasant atmosphere hanging over the city and every so often one of the aliens would look at the black tower in the center of the city.
This mysterious tower was strictly guarded by over two hundred heavily armed guards that mercilessly shot any resident that walked too close to the entrance.
Inside the tower on the top floor, an important meeting was occurring that had long term implications for the organization.
“Any information on the targets or updates on the plan?” a low raspy voice echoed through the dark room.
No one dared to even make a sound as tension mounted with every passing second.
The men in the room were fully aware that it was possible that they would all be killed.
“No one?” the voice repeated for a second time with the same tone and volume.
The secretary bit his lip nervously before boldly stepping forward,
“Yes… yes… sir. So far team alpha, beta and sigma have successfully infiltrated all four of the major financial groups.”
“We have placed spies in top executive positions in the Sepriena, Canercose and Northerium financial groups however it seems that the president of the Libera group is a bit more cautious than the rest.”
“But it is only a matter of time and the agents inside the Libera group say that several of the leadership team have weakness that are easy to exploit.”
The secretary finished his report nervously with his six hearts frantically pounding inside his chest as the boss did not say a word.
Seconds ticked by that seemed like an eternity to the secretary who felt as though the grim reaper’s scythe was hovering right above his body.
“Well done,” the boss uttered two short words and then passed a vial of greenish liquid to the secretary.
The secretary hurriedly placed the vial inside of his pocket as the envious eyes of his colleagues stared at him with jealousy.
“There are only a few short months before larger financial groups learn about the true resources hidden on this planet so time is of the essence,” the boss leaned back in his chair and pressed a button.
“It is impossible to keep this matter a secret forever, so the best course of action is to take any many Styrx iron crystals as possible and then leave before the conflict begins.”
An enormous holographic image appeared in the middle of the room. It was a scaled-down model of planet Xerciam Prime, but several spots were highlighted in dark red colours.
Most of these red spots were scattered across the mountain ranges on planet Xerciam Prime but there were a few in weird locations such as swampy wetlands, blooming forests, and scorching deserts.
The largest of these spots was right in the middle of the Rexanera Sea that was the only ocean on the planet.
Its location was uncomfortably close to the spaceport so the leadership team of the Order of the Fallen were still deliberating whether mining was worth the risk.
They were not afraid of the pitiful military strength of the financial groups on the planet but were worried that any attack would draw the attention of bigger players.
“Might I offer a suggestion,” a calm voice sounded out from the back of the room. The boss raised his head to see the number one assassin of the organization staring back at him.
‘Whisper’ as he was called was the most dangerous man to ever work for the Order of the Fallen. Despite being only in the qi tide stage, he had managed to hold his ground against a void stage cultivator.
“The floor is all yours,” the boss put away his scowling attitude and immediately formed a smile on his lips.
“Thank you,” Whisper bowed once respectfully and the began to speak about his great plan.
“The agents that infiltrated the four financial corporations should aggregate the situation and cause a war to start between them.
“I would suggest stealing trade secrets or resources from the base of one group and then dropping these goods off at another house.”
“We then take advantage of the confusion and secretly start the mining process.”
Whisper bowed once more out of respect and then returned to the back of the room as if nothing had happened.
The boss sat in his chair and gave the assassin’s words another second thought.
He was right. because now was not the time for cowardice.
“Alright I will pass on an early draft of the plan to the rest of the infiltrators. The most important action to take is to fan the flames immediately.”